Top 10 Wardrobe Essentials for Plus-Sized Women
Being a fashionable curvy girl in a world that caters mostly to smaller sizes means that shopping is more difficult than it should be and it can be hard to dress for your figure.
Because of that, we’ve all made major mistakes when trying to shop for our full figures and generous curves. Some of the most common fashion faux pas we’ve all done at least once are:
• Dressing only in baggy clothing that hides our bodies
• Dressing in all black and only black
• Being too afraid to try fun new trends and styles
• Relying too much on tights and leggings
• Not knowing our body’s problem areas and best features
• Dressing in unflattering shapes and silhouettes
• Not knowing how to use patterns to our advantage
• Thinking that we need to dress like frumpy, old, and unattractive grandmas
• Avoiding all lighter colours
• Believing that we can’t be both big AND beautiful
Don’t give up on fashion just because you’ve been blessed with a bigger frame or more junk in the trunk. There are ways to dress for your figure, no matter your shape and size. Here we list 10 wardrobe essentials that any plus-sized woman NEEDS to have.
Don’t be scared to show off your fun side! Inject a little personality into an otherwise monotone outfit with amazing prints and patterns. Go for slimming small details instead of loud, large ones that could make you look clunky and garish. Stripes and dots are some really common prints you can experiment with, but you could also use florals, geometric patterns, and so much more.
2. The right pair of jeans
Don’t underestimate the power of a good pair of jeans. It’s an incredibly versatile piece of clothing that can be dressed up or down, making it perfect for everything from weekday brunch to a crazy night out with the girls. A good fit and a uniform, dark wash will smooth out any problem areas on your hips, thighs, and legs. They can come in many shapes and styles, but the most slimming ones are tailored skinny or straight cuts.
3. Sexy lingerie/underwear
The right-fitting underwear will make you look 3 sizes smaller in an instant. For top-heavy babes, it will provide the support your chest needs. For smaller-chested ladies, you can pad them to your desired lift. Great underwear does more than smooth out your figure though, it also just makes you feel sexier, happier and more confident overall.
4. Button-down shirt
Don’t listen to the haters - big women look beautiful in button-downs. The important thing is to get the right, slenderizing cut, and you’ll have a multi-purpose garment that you can take from day to night. It’s flattering on all shapes, and available in a variety of colours and prints to suit your personal tastes, but you can’t go wrong with a classic white button-down shirt.
5. Pencil skirt
A pencil skirt has one of the most universally-flattering shapes and is especially sexy on curvy women. As long as you don’t get one that is too tight, it will help slim out midsections and show off your silhouette. You can dress a pencil skirt with virtually anything. Wear it to the office with a smart jacket, or take it out on the town in a sexy low-cut cami top and strappy heels. A solid dark colour will balance out heavier bottoms, while a fun print or bright colour will give top-heavier girls the illusion of an hour-glass shape.
6. Little Black Dress (or LBD)
The LBD is an all-occasion cocktail dress that can work for after-hours cocktails or slightly dressier events. LBDs come in so many different styles and trendy details like mesh, fringe, or sequins. The only requirement is that it flatters your shape and makes you feel on top of the world.
7. Classic pump
A classic pump works with almost any outfit (except gymwear, probably) - it’s any girl’s shoe staple. It elongates your legs, adds a touch of class, can be in any colour imaginable, and they don’t even have to be uncomfortable! Go for a block heel instead of a stiletto for happier feet.
8. Wide-legged pants
This trendy pants style makes every woman look longer, slimmer, and way more stylish. High-waisted wide-legged pants can come in all kinds of different fabrics and can be paired with both casual and formal outfits for a look that is always polished and on fleek.
9. Maxi dress
Look effortlessly chic and put-together in under five minutes. Maxi dresses give you an air of sophistication without having to spend an entire morning throwing together different pieces. They can come in a wide range of prints colours; go fun and flirty with a floral print, or turn up the elegance in a wine-coloured dress that won’t look out of place in a gala or fancy dinner. Maxi dresses let you cover up your problem areas while still highlighting the features you love.
If you haven’t learned to love the beautiful body you’re in, summer shopping can be a nightmare. EVERY body is a beach body, but it doesn’t hurt to find a banging bikini that makes you feel hotter than the summer sun. There are swimsuits for every size and shape. Rock a bikini if you’re daring. If you’re still a little hesitant to show some skin, start with trendy retro high-waisted bottoms that show off your curves while hiding a heavy midsection. Top-heavy girls just have to make sure they have ample chest support and a secure tie to prevent any accidental nudity. There are also many stylish one-pieces for those who want something more conservative yet equally gorgeous.